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CNN
Jul 30, 2011 7:00pm EDT
watching. i'm wolf blitzer. join us week days from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. eastern, and saturdays at :p.m. eastern on cnn. and tomorrow night 9:00 p.m. eastern, don lemon and i will be co-anchoring a special on the debt crisis. you will want to see what's going on. the stakes are enormous. cnn "newsroom with don lemon" starts right now. >>> all right, thank you very much. it is the top of the hour. we begin with breaking news, i'm don lemon, everyone. if you need one more sign that the debate over raising the nation's debt ceiling is far from over, it happened just last hour on capitol hill. not only do the two sides have big differences over how to raise the ceiling and avoid default, they can't even agree on whether they're making progress. democratic senate leader harry reid and republican senate leader mitch mcconnell on the senate floor moments ago. look. >> today the speaker republican leader held a press conference to announce they're in talks with the president and that a bargain to raise the debt ceiling is in the works and is close. in president, members of the senate, that's no
CNN
Jul 13, 2011 2:00pm PDT
wolf blitzer. "the situation room" starts right now. >> happening now, the president and the congressional leadership, they're diving into debt talks for a fourth straight day. this hour, the federal reserve chairman meanwhile is warning that failure to reach a deal will create a major financial crisis for the united states. we're standing by for word of any progress. let's see if it happens. also, u.s. senators call for an investigation of rupert murdoch's media empire as the company pays a new price for its phone hacking scandal. could a massive probe now under way in britain happen here in the united states? and the obama money-maybing machine. who's behind the cash and can the republicans compete? >>> president obama and the congressional leadership are under enormous pressure right now, about 40 minutes into their latest round of debt crisis talks. they haveless than three weeks until the deadline to raise the legal limit on the federal debt. and by all accounts, they're still very far apart. what if anything emerges from this meeting? consider the very dire warnings fro
CNN
Jul 12, 2011 3:00pm EDT
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CNN
Jul 31, 2011 4:00am EDT
tomorrow night, we're bringing you a special report. wolf blitzer and i will break down all the hurdles and options as we near the deadline for reaching a deal. get it done. countdown to debt crisis, tomorrow night right here on cnn. we're not going far away from the story. we're watching capitol hill and the white house where it is going to be a very long night at least, and we know now that they're going to convene tomorrow. at noon and they're going to vote at 1:00 p.m. eastern. they're packing up now and getting ready to go home. also ahead this hour, my conversation with rand paul, republican senator, about the debt stalemate. plus, i want you to listen this. >> some two steps back, pulled my glock 40 and just ten bullets in your [ bleep ]. >> al ohio police officer is caught on tape threatening a motorist. we'll show you the video that's gone viral and talk about the case with legal contributor holly hughes. many of you are asking for information through social media. we're back in a moment. [ female announcer ] what if your natural beauty could be flawless too? discover aveeno po
CNN
Jul 30, 2011 2:00pm PDT
this debt crisis and tomorrow night we're bringing you a special report, wolf blitzer and i will break down all of the hurdles and options as we near the deadline for reaching a deal to avoid default. get it done, countdown to debt crisis, tomorrow night, 9:00 p.m. eastern, right here on cnn, make sure you tune n. >>> meantime, anger over washington's indecision and infighting over the debt crisis. listen. >> i'm saying to washington, let's get it together, let's realize the impact that it's having on the american people, get out of your vacuum, get off your butt. >> and that's from a businessman who needs a resolution right now or his customers may disappear. meantime, while the country tries to figure out how to pay its bills, minorities in america face the same problem and a new report shows it's only getting worse. we're talking with the head of the national urban league to find out what can be done to help. >>> and you don't see this every single day. it is a jet plane that is split in half, the amazing stories of survival, straight ahead here on cnn. >>> congress, would you
CNN
Jul 31, 2011 6:00pm EDT
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CNN
Jul 9, 2011 6:00pm EDT
now, the situation room with candy crow lie in for wolf blitzer begins in just moments. >> a new punch in the gut for jobless americans and the obama white house. this hour the cold hard numbers in a very disappointing jobs report. it's new ammunition for your again talks to prevent america from defaulting on its debt. also this hour one of the best selling newspapers on the planet is shutting down. tainted by a phone hacking scandal. and the political and legal short fallout gross with the arrest of a former aide to the british prime minister. and a chilling new threat to air security. terrorists bent on blowing up bombs surgically implanted in their body. welcome to our viewers. wolf blitzer is off. i'm candy crowley and you're in the situation room. >> a lot of pain and not enough gain in the newest snapshot of unemployment in this country. a new report shows 18,000 jobs were created in june. that is so far short of the as many as 125,000 jobs that economists were predicting. the unemployment rate unexpectedly rose to 9.2%, up from 9.1 that brings the total number of unemploye
CNN
Jul 9, 2011 3:00pm PDT
body. welcome to our viewers. wolf blitzer is off. i'm candy crowley and you're in the situation room. >> a lot of pain and not enough gain in the newest snapshot of unemployment in this country. a new report shows 18,000 jobs were created in june. that is so far short of the as many as 125,000 jobs that economists were predicting. the unemployment rate unexpectedly rose to 9.2%, up from 9.1 that brings the total number of unemployed people in the united states up to a whopping 14.1 million people. here's what president obama said about the numbers. >> today's job report confirms what most americans already know. we still have a long way to go and a lot of work to do to give people the security and opportunity that they deserve. we've added more than 2 million new private-sector jobs over the past 16 months but the recession cost us more than 8 million. and that means that we still have a big hole to fill. >> we're joined now by our chief white house correspondent, jessica yellin. there's no way to pretty up the report. >> the economy is a dark cloud hanging over the white house and t
CNN
Jul 23, 2011 3:00pm PDT
for that wedding. >>> wolf blitzer joins us in such a few minutes. first breaking news. we want to get you caught up right now. >>> survivor describing how he avoided the gunman that shot up a youth camp in norway. 85 people died following a bombing in the capital of oslo which claimed seven lives. police have suspect in custody. michael, what's happening now? >> reporter: yeah. i can tell you, we've just heard on local media here that the lawyer for the suspect in this case, his name is anders behring breivik, the lawyer is telling the local television here that the shooting suspect believed that his actions were atrocious, but necessary. that's within the last few minutes. his lawyer saying that he believed his actions were atrocious but necessary. and how atrocious were there? 85 people, most of them kids killed over there on that island, a couple of miles from where i stand right now. behind me is the hotel that's all day been a center for parents of those kids and parents of kids who survived this as well. coming together. they have been having counselling here. a lot of relig
CNN
Jul 31, 2011 11:00am PDT
take to find a solution to the debt crisis? wolf blitzer and don lemon break down the hurdles and options. don't miss "get it done", only on cnn. >>> there is hope apparently, iran may soon free two impris imprisoned american hikers. the reason why next. specialists, lots of doctors, lots of advice... and my hands were full. i couldn't sort through it all. with unitedhealthcare, it's different. we have access to great specialists, and our pediatrician gets all the information. everyone works as a team. and i only need to talk to one person about her care. we're more than 78,000 people looking out for 70 million americans. that's health in numbers. unitedhealthcare. [pig oinking] [hissing] [oink] [oinking] [ding] announcer: cook foods to the right temperature using a food thermometer. 3,000 americans will die from food poisoning this year. keep your family safer. check your steps at foodsafety.gov. [oinking] >>> an iranian court is expected to rule on fate of pro imprisoned hikers, josh fattal and sarah shourd and shane bauer. shourd was released last year. a court hearing was held
CNN
Jul 31, 2011 2:00pm EDT
. what is it going to take to find a solution to the debt crisis? wolf blitzer and don lemon break down the hurdles and options. don't miss get it done tonight 9:00 eastern only on cnn. >>> i'll be back in one hour from now with the latest from washington as negotiations continue to work out a debt deal before tuesday's deadline. the best political team on television is gatng
CNN
Jul 15, 2011 6:00am PDT
washington bureau wolf blitzer is going to join us for special coverage at just before the end of the hour. wolf, let's go ahead and start with you. you know, you've covered washington for a long time. you've had this beat. has it ever been this bad? >> yes. there have been moments that have been very, very tense, and a lot of us remember 1995, when bill clinton was president of the united states, newt gingrich was speaker, they had a showdown that actually resulted in the shutting down of the u.s. government. they went eyeball to eyeball on that issue. and remember, as a result of that the republicans and newt gingrich, they suffered in the polls. bill clinton the following year was re-elected president in '96, beating bob dole, and a lot of the republicans, especially mitch mcconnell right now, the senate minority leader, they lived through that period, they remember what happened when there was that eyeball to eyeball government shutdown, and the republicans paid a significant price in the sense that bill clinton was re-elected. they don't want barack obama to be re-elected next year. s
CNN
Jul 28, 2011 12:00pm PDT
, women and girls, if you out there would like information go and check it out. >>> now, wolf blitzer just scored a big interview at the white house. we'll check in with him next. [ jelani ] neither of my parents went to college. something that was drilled in me early on, you know, college is the place for you. it's my number one goal. ♪ students like me, who take these ap math and science classes and have these opportunities, this is where the american dream lies. when i write that book, you know, i plan to dedicate it to my school. ♪ those hopes and dreams that you have, you know, they're within reach. and i'm living proof. >>> time to go to washington, checking in with wolf blitzer. wolf, let's begin with this great get you scored at the white house, chief of staff bill d daly. >> can you hear me okay, brooke? >> i just came back from the white house. i had a chance to speak with bill dailey. he's still optimistic that there will be a deal by tuesday. that will avoid the united states going into default. he's confident in the end, the house goes through, and tomorrow, the two chambe
CNN
Jul 28, 2011 3:00pm EDT
, they're within reach. and i'm living proof. >>> time to go to washington, checking in with wolf blitzer. wolf, let's begin with this great get you scored at the white house, chief of staff bill d daly. >> can you hear me okay, brooke? >> i just came back from the white house. i had a chance to speak with bill dailey. he's still optimistic that there will be a deal by tuesday. that will avoid the united states going into default. he's confident in the end, the house goes through, and tomorrow, the two chambers, the leaders of the house and the senate, they'll all get together and work something out. he told me it's been a few days now, a few days in his words since the president spoke directly with john boehner. he does expect this process to get going. even though he was optimistic, by the way, brooke, there would be a deal to avert default by tuesday -- that's the treasury-imposed deadline, he couldn't guarantee that the credit ratings would reduce america's aaa rating that's been in business for decades and decades going back to 117. he says that depends on what happens over the next few da
CNN
Jul 29, 2011 3:00pm EDT
. >>> let's go to washington now for your cnn equals politics update with my colleague, wolf blitzer. wolf, before you get to the ticker, quickly here, i have just noticed on president barack obama's twitter page, i don't know if you've seen this, but whoever it is that's tweeting for him, they're going line by line, tweeting to these different republicans with, and each and every time, at the end of the tweet, it says "hash tag, compromise." social media trying to get compromise done on the debt deal. >> if you were listening to his speech, and i know you were, because you were tweeting earlier, @brookebcnn, that's your handle, right? >> you got it. >> if you were listening right at the very end, he said, you know what, if you agree with me, get in touch with members of congress, call their offices, e-mail them, tweet them. he really wants to put the pressure on other republicans, especially to come around and make some sort of compromise. that was one of the messages he had. he also pointed out that if you take a look objectively at what boehner is proposing in the house, what harry reid
CNN
Jul 20, 2011 5:00pm EDT
pop next time. joe johns, thanks as always. now to my friend wolf blitzer. "the situation room" starts right now. >> brooke, thanks very much. happening now, president obama meets with house republican leaders this hour in a last-minute push to prevent a national debt disaster. we'll read the fine print of a bipartisan compromise getting lots of attention right now. new political fireworks over phone hacking. the british prime minister gets hammered. and the fbi is now moving forward with its investigation right here in the united states. and a war of words between two florida lawmakers. democratic party chairwoman debbie wasserman-shultz joins me to respond to a congressman's rant calling her vile, unprofessional and despicable. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> right now, six u.s. senators are giving new momentum to talks aiming at avoiding a national catastrophe in the united states. their bipartisan compromise to slash the deficit. only 12 dpas left, president obama is due to meet this hour with house speaker john boehner and majority leader eric cantor.
CNN
Jul 21, 2011 2:00pm PDT
now with wolf blitzer. take it around. >>> only 11 days before the deadline, we have new information coming in about a possible framework and the sticking point. stand by. >>> power, water and waste plants across the united states may be vulnerable to a terror attack from within. i'll ask the homeland security secretary janet napolitano about her department's disturbing new warnings. >>> you isle ask the former pakistani president musharraf in he knew osama bin laden was hiding in his homeland and if he knows terrorists may be holed up in pakistan right now. i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room." first, a powerful reminder today, if they don't reach an agreement in the next 11 days, all hell could brea look. standard & poor's is warning the nation could be shoved back into recession very soon after the august 2i deadline passes with the clock ticking and stakes rising, our own jessica yellin learned that leaders plan to meet this hour at the white house. we're learning a good deal more about where the talks stand. kate bolduan has the latest. what do you know? >> both side
CNN
Jul 19, 2011 3:00pm EDT
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CNN
Jul 29, 2011 6:00pm PDT
aces. >> bob shrum, thank you for joining us. we'll keep watching the fight. a very monumental week in washington, d.c. the vote finally coming through today. republicans passing it. the senate right away, and democrats pushing it back the other way. more to come. step as long the way as we watch the clock counting down. thank you for watching. i'm tom foreman, good night from new york. piers morgan starts right now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> good evening, an extraordinary day on capitol hill. the house passed the john boehner bill, and the senate prompt the voted it down. we're waiting for senate majority leader harry reid to explain why that decision was taken. i'm here with wolf blitzer, my colleague. wolf, what is about to happen here? what is the explanation? is it as simple as, sorry, you are republicans, we didn't like the bill. we're democrats, we're not having it? >> it's not that simple. they have to come up with some compromise, some sort of plan that can pass the senate and go back to the house of representatives and pass there something that the president could sign that would allow the united states to raise the debt ceiling and avert some sort of financial disaster come tuesday. it's not simple at all, so they need to work together. the mainstream, main leadership, democrats and republicans, they need to find a way to come up with the bare minimum to get over this hump. it's a huge, huge obstacle, standing in the way of an mechanic recovery, if you will. so the stakes really are enormous. >> what we're waiting for here is senate majority leader harry reid, about to explain why the senate has rejected john boeh r boehner's bill. let's go to jessica yellin while we wait. cnn's chief white house correspondent. it's been a day of frantic arm twisting, but we've ended up really absolutely nowhere, haven't we? >> that's right. in a sense, it's a little bit of progress, because they had to get past this vote in order to get on to the senate where there is a belief here in the white house at least that a compromise can be struck between harry reid, the democrat who runs the senate and mitch mcconnell, republican minority leader and a hope that the two can forge an economy that can get through the senate and in the parlance of washington, be, "jammed" on the house at the very last minute. in essence, because the clock is ticking and there is a since of leadership, both sides will come together and decide we have to get it done to avoid default at the last minute. who knows if that would actually happen. that would be the best case scenario. >> we have senator harry reid and we can go straight to what he has to say. >> senator murray asked to be excused because of a family situation. all good. her husband is here. tonight a bipartisan majority in the senate rejected boehner's short-term plan. clearly we're seeing something we've seen a lot here in the senate. but this time the country's attention is focused on it. a filibuster. a filibuster to prevent us from moving forward on this legislation. the proposal i put forward is a compromise. we changed it even more today. we would have changed it even more, but as i indicated on the floor, we had no one to negotiate with. the republican leader said he wouldn't negotiate with me. i don't know whose that is. not mine. >> your pizza's ready. >> it really is a worst possible time to be conducting a filibuster. they are forcing to us wait until tomorrow morning at -- let's see. today is still friday. until sunday morning at 1:00 a.m. to have this vote. our economy hangs on the balance. and for the first time in the history of our country, unless there is a compromise, or they accept my bill, we're headed for economic disaster. it's time for the republicans to step forward. there's been some movement today. we've -- as indicated on the floor, i was supposed to have a meeting in my office this afternoon with some republicans. that fell through. but we told that as they walked into a conference, three republican senators are interested in a compromise. we hear a lot of happy talk, but they need to step forward. republicans are blocking their ability to compromise. they are refusing to negotiate with us, and all they do is talk and is isn't enough to get it done. the house will hold an up-or-down vote we're told on my proposal. we should be allowed to do the same. that's all we're asking. time for us to be adults. that's what the american people wants. time to come together in a compromise. that's what the american people want, and that's what we need to do. senator durbin. >> i'm sure you recall the speech that was given to the american people on monday night by speaker boehner. he talked about his bipartisan bill. and he talked about the fact that he was going to pass it in the house of representatives. we waited for that on tuesday, again on wednesday, then on thursday, and finally today, passed it, but it wasn't bipartisan. all republican votes. not a single democratic vote, and a scant majority. 218 out of 435-member house. when it came to the united states senate, it was dead on arrival, on a bipartisan basis. a bipartisan majority of senators, 59, voted to table the boehner proposal. and now we have a chance to reopen this conversation. and i can tell you, there is a growing sentiment among senators on both sides of the aisle to sit down and reach a reasonable compromise and to save our economy from the disaster that awaits us if we fail to extend this debt ceiling. what these senators on the republican side are waiting for is a permission slip from senator mcconnell. he told them to hold back until boehner had his chance. hold back until the boehner bill came to the floor. that's all history now. the american people want us to move forward. they want us to come up with a bipartisan approach that doesn't have us relive this scene that we've seen for the past week over and over and over and over again, like the old groundhog day movie. we want to get this done in a way so we can say the economy is going to move forward with a certainty that we'll have a debt ceiling extension and we are not going to jeopardize it with the problem of self-imposed political problems and wounds that can be avoided. it's a shame. we waited all day, this morning, senator reid went up to senator mcconnell on floort and said let's talk. let's work this out. nothing, nothing all day long. not all day long. and later at the end of the day, a call from senator mcconnell who said i'm not going to negotiate with up that's unfortunate. the american people deserve better. and let me say one last thing. if senator mcconnell would give us the same vote standard in the senate that was given to speaker boehner in the house, we could pass senator reid's proposal. a proposal which includes major elements suggested by senator mcconnell. but, no, they insist on a filibuster. he said 60 votes have become routine. routine because filibusters have become routine on the republican side of the aisle. it isn't what's necessary to enact this law so critical to the future of america. we'll fight this filibuster and i hope in the end, some republicans will cross over and join us and break the stalemate and come up with a bipartisan agreement. >> thank you. you know, this morning at 10:00 a.m., on the floor of the senate, leader reid asked senator mcconnell to come negotiate. the door was open all day, nobody knocked. nobody walked in. and some said, well, speaker mcconnell wanted to wait until the house disposed boehner. but after the boehner amendment was defeated, in a telephone conversation with leader reid, i was sitting there, senator mcconnell still refused to negotiate. we will not solve this problem by standing there and folding our arms and saying, i am not talking to anybody. and the nation's future is at risk. republican senators, i've talked to ten today. they want to come to an agreement. but until senator mcconnell gives them the green light, nothing is going to happen. and they get the vibes, and perhaps the direct word, i don't know, from the republican leader, don't do anything. we all know in the senate we can't pass anything without a bipartisan agreement. we all know the senate is the only way out of this mess. you've seen the huge difficulties in the house, their inability to even tie their own shoes, and so it's up to the senate. and that means it's up to senator mcconnell. to either negotiate himself or give permission to others to negotiate so that we can finally come to a bipartisan agreement. the only game in town is the modified reid bill. it's a bill that has elements proposed by republicans, including senator mcconnell. a bill that has elements proposed by democrats, but it meets the strictures that both parties have laid out, on our side, that it must extend the debt ceiling beyond 2012, no short-term extension, it too much roils the market. on their side, as many cuts as increases in the debt ceiling. if they don't like it, even if it seems to be a prescription drawn from their needs, what do they want as an alternative? they are very good at saying no. they are not very good at laying out a plan that can actually pass. and instead what do they do? they just filibuster. they say you can't proceed to a bill and vote on it. they say they are going to force us to delay and delay and delay until we get up to the deadline. the country's in crisis. this is not a time for politics as usual. i think we have shown that we are willing to give significantly in their direction. we're still waiting for speaker mcconnell, leader boehner, sorry. we're still waiting for leader mcconnell and speaker boehner to move a little bit in our direction. >> we'll take a few questions. not many tonight. we're all tired and had a long night and a longer tonight tomorrow. >> you had his bill, his own bill to your bill? because cuts, he was willing to have his own bill with no cuts guaranteed. i'm wondering, if, you know -- one thing you didn't do, you didn't add any triggers. a lot of talk about real triggers, having real significant weight that would force the deficit reduction committee to pursue real cuts. why didn't you do -- >> we have a closet full of triggers that people have suggested, literally. dozens of them. but even though they are good ideas, earlier this week, a few days ago, i was sitting talking to jack liu, office management budget and rob nabors, who we all know is such a good person. we talked for an hour and a half about good triggers. we are negotiating with ourselves. we can't get republicans to agree to any trigger that involves revenue. we cannot, the american people know this, because they agree with us. we're not going to have cuts to more programs, more programs and more programs without some revenue. it is -- it is -- that is a line that we've drawn in the sand and we will stick with it. i spoke to leader pelosi, she agrees with me 100%. >> so the house has passed two plans now, and what's -- senator schumer says this is the only game in town now. what if this doesn't get through the senate? >> i think senator schumer laid that out pretty clearly. the plan is to work off our bill. we have a message from the house. it's easy to -- if there's an agreement it comes up, it's easy to amend that, and send it back to the house. vote over there. to think with a straight face that they sent us something that the american people would accept. the ryan budget, cap and cut, whatever that is, and then this thing? that's -- that's not legislation. that is a -- that is an extrava ganza over there that made them look very foolish. >> seven now wondering friday night, going into the weekend, what is the endgame? how is this going to end up? i know you're calling for leader mcconnell to come to the table and negotiate, but what is the way forward from here? >> it's up to the republicans. right now, we have a fine proposal. extends the debt ceiling until march of 2013. it reduces the debt by 2$2.4 trillion. it's a fine piece of legislation. sets up the joint committee to make further cuts. it would be something that we believe and senator mcconnell will acknowledge this very strongly, as does leader pelosi, we could get something out of this. we're waiting for them to do something, anything, move toward us. if that fails, they should go for our bill. and that is things that they already voted on, things they already agreed to. last question. >> mr. reid, you reduced your debt ceiling increase to 2.4 and increased savings from 2.2 to 2.4 trillion. but it doesn't lay out how you do it. and you mentioned in back here, you used the january baseline. are all of the increased savings due to -- >> cbo has come up with those numbers and i told you before, we laid out all the numbers, you can dissect them, look at them. but this is what cbo has recommended, and we have followed their advice. thank you. >> so that was harry reid explaining why the senate has rejected john boehner's bill, which went through the house. and now straight back to wolf blitzer. a couple of things struck me there from what democratic senator was saying. one was it's not politics as usual, and the other was, it's time to behave like adults. which seemed pretty ironic, which is it's exactly politics as usual and none of them are much behaving like adults. and they don't have a lot of time, piers, to get this done. it has to be done by tuesday and they'll stretch it out until the bitter end, saturday, sunday, asian markets will again open sunday night east coast time in the united states. monday in asia already, the u.s. markets will reopen monday morning, so this clock is ticking, and as you know, for six straight days the markets in the united states, wall street has gone down. the worst week in more than a year i hear in the united states. that could be the tip of the iceberg if they don't get something resolved. i suspect that as the clock keeps on ticking, tomorrow and sunday, harry reid, mitch mcconnell, two leaders of the senate, they will forge some sort of compromise, eventually when all is said and done, although it will be tough going until then send it back to the house, i suspect they will send it back to the house and a coalition of a lot of democrats and some moderate republicans, probably not a majority of the republicans. if it comes up for a vote, they'll pass it, and this crisis will be averted. but having said that, piers, there is no guarantee that will happen. there are so many obstacles standing in the way, and more the rhetoric heats up and we've heard some heated relt rick right there. the more it heats up, the less likely a deal will be struck. it will be tough going. we'll be working all weekend. i suspect the cots will be brought out of some warehouse, staffers on the hill will be keeping all nighters getting this thing moving. it's going to be tough. >> jessica yellin, let me turn to you. it is to most american people watching this, they are saying what the hell are you playing at? are you playing with our future, with our finances, the nation's economy. we are now just hours, a few days, hours away, from a potentially katcatastrophic deft and we're hearing the detail from some of the press conference just then, the senior people aren't even talking to each other and i heard a report earlier and maybe you can confirm this that speaker boehner and the president having actually exchanged a single word in five days? >> that's right. nor has the president spoken to minority leader mitch mcconnell, although mcconnell did speak with vice president biden and while that drama is playing out on capitol hill, over in the treasury department, they are making decisions about which checks will be sent wednesday and which won't. does grandma sdget her social security check or does the military family get their check if we go into default. these are real decisions while political games are being played out. not games, call it what you want. principles to some people. but it's hard for regular americans to understand. and there is this lack of negotiation going on here. i can confirm that today there is still no progress toward a compromi compromise. whatever hour it is east coast time and no further along toward a deal than they were this morning, piers. >> that's quite extraordinary. i'm going to turn to jason chafitz, one of the 22 republicans who voted no to the boehner bill. he joins me now. let me ask you directly, do you really have your country's interest at heart? you are rejecting anything to do with a bill by your own guy, and even that bill has been rejected by democrats. you are so way out of step with public opinion, aren't you? >> well, it's nice no chat with you, piers. i would hope our first conversation would be a little more pleasant. of course i put my country first. >> let me -- let me respond to that the reason i'm animated about this, is because i think the american public are absolutely sick and tired of this situation, and every minute goes by with political posturing, the american economy is getting worse and worse and by the time you guys all stop squabbling it might be too late anyway. >> i think the fact that i actually voted against my speaker's bill demonstrates i'm more committed to my principles and my country than i am about going along to get along. i was the primary sponsor of cut, cap, and balance. a bill that passed with overwhelming republican support and five democrats. that bill passed with amazing numbers. it goes over to the senate and it's so frustrating. i hope if you look at it objectively, without partisan classes on, for the senate to table it, without a discussion, without a debate, is offensive to the american people. we are about to be in a crisis. they had this bill last year -- last week, and they should have at least debated it. it doesn't even get debated, don't you think, piers, that's a little unreasonable? >> think what they think is unreasonable, not a question of being partisan. it's a question of simple reality, when the democrats have rejected a bill by speaker boehner that went through the house, but there are still 22 of you on the republican side that wouldn't even go along with that one, they are saying, what are you thinking about you? what are yis the matter with yo? no taxation. how do you expect this country's economy to recover? >> well, what you do, look at house republicans, and not once, bus twice, we have passed bills that raised the debt ceiling. the senate hasn't done anything. that's offensive. today the president was talking about cafe standards, so the house republicans have a very good case, the best case. the numbers and statistics behind us say we've been working, look at cut, cap and balance. had five democrats, overwhelming support of republicans. why not debate the discussion of that bill? that's fair. that's not unreasonable. >> as we saw from senator reid earlier, he was mocking you earlier, couldn't even remember the name of it. >> right there, piers. he doesn't even know the name of the bill that we passed in the house of representatives that would solve this crisis? that ought to be a flashing red light that we might need personnel changes over in the senate. that's an embarrassment. >> either that, or you need to have a republican party that at least has a united voice, because at the moment. >> we were very united. >> it's clearly making -- >> we were very united. >> you're not inviu united. >> yes, we are. i'm willing to work with people on a very bipartisan basis. i want to do what's right for the country. i have a history of that. harry reid's bill coming up, which will only cut $3 billion in the first year, that's very tough for a guy like me to vote when we have this huge massive debt and deficit problem in the country. that's going to be difficult. i love having this discussion, but how come the senate could not take cut, cap and balance, and even debate it? not even two minutes. they voted to table it and he can't even pronounce the name of the bill, doesn't know the name of the bill and you wonder why the public is fed up, probably on both sides of the aisle, and i can look you in the eye and say we're doing our job, willing to compromise. willing to give the president exactly what he wanted. $2.4 trillion in debt ceiling increase. you know how difficult is it for a guy like that for me to do that? we're bending over backward here to solve that this problem. >> i think what the american public is saying no you bending over backward but being deliberately obstructtive. >> no plan from the president sent to us and nothing to the senate presented to us. i haven't rejected anything, other than speaker boehner's bill. i have not rejected something from the democrats. they haven't even presented us something. >> congressman, thank you very much. >> thanks, pooers s pooersz pie. >>> now, democratic debbie wasserman schultz. i think you just heard the conversation i had. one of the problems, no matter what side of the argument, is that the republican party is split between the likes of mr. chaffetz who are completely irresolute to raising the debt ceiling and the others in speaker boehner's corner who can't get their bill through the senate. where are we with this? >> well there, is clearly, piers, an internal battle going on within the republican party right now. have you a group of what i would said are extremist tea party republicans who basically have a strangleholdory t orver the repn party. the tail seems to be wagging the dog. mr. chaffetz, a nice person who i had lovely conversations with on the house floor, really is clearly one of the obstructists. he said they've bent over backward? the problem here is he actually believes that his version of compromise is just the vote to raise the debt ceiling. that's -- at a minimum what we should be doing. that's not a component of compromise. a component of compromise that the american people clearly want us to do is to pass a bill that isn't so skewed on one side, that doesn't include things like taking the safety net out from under our senior citizens, increasing the costs of medicare which is what cut, cap and balance does. it had already been rejected once by the senate. >> let's forget. >> they passed it again. i mean, what is -- >> let's forget that for a moment. that's clearly an issue for the republican party to sort out amongst each other. no single democrat voted for the boehner bill. so where is the compromise from your side? i mean, again, i come back to the fact that the american public are sick and tired of this. your president talks of compromise. where is that compromise? >> okay. piers, the bill that speaker boehner put out on the floor today increased costs of medicare, was trying to force an amendment to pass. an amendment to the constitution to pass before a second fight would be had over increasing the debt ceiling in another couple of months. so what the republicans proposed in this boehner bill today was to actually have this fight again in a couple of months and jeopardize our economy once again. what democrats want to do is sit down with republicans. we're not that far apart on the cuts. we need to make sure we lift the boot off the neck of the economy. we sit down together, figure out how we can raise the debt ceiling and not jeopardize our economy, and make sure that we pass some kind of a balanced plan that doesn't pile so much pain on the middle class and working families that they break under it. piers, i've had senior citizens calling my office today, crying. who are living hand to mouth on social security and are worried that they are not going to be able to survive if their social security payments aren't made. that is what this battle that is going on between the right and the extreme right in the republican party is causing. reasonable people need to sit down to the table. we as democrats have been at the compromise table for a long time and we have a cold chair across from us. time for the republicans to come and warm it up and lift this risk that is -- that is on the economy now off so we can move on and focus on creating jobs and continuing to get this economy turned around. that's the bottom line, what the american people want. >> congresswoman, thank you very much. >> thank you. >> coming up, rudy giuliani on today's vote and what happens next. earlier today, the president was urging people to tweet their representatives in congress. we'll show you some of those tweets tonight. every day, all around the world, energy is being produced to power our lives. while energy developement comes with some risk, north america's natural gas producers are committed to safely and responsibly providing decades of cleaner burning energy for our country, drilling thousands of feet 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nothing has happened. you ended up putting a bill in the house that was never going to get through the senate. everybody knew that. complete waste of time. meanwhile, the clock is ticking on the american economy, and every second that goes by, is more damage being done. who is taking responsibility for this? >> i'll tell you this, piers. you need to look over at the senate, you're talking about a group of individuals that under the leadership of harry reid have not passed a budget which is a constitutional responsibility, in 820 days. we have sent them over now two very viable and sensible plans to include the boehner plan, not 100% plan i would have liked to have seen. i made a compromise, and one to see us take care of our responsibilities. for me, about a 70%, 75% solution. the people we really should be looking at are the democrats. we continue to present viable alternatives and proposals. >> recent polls show 64% of the public are in favor of raising taxation to get us out of the incredible mess. are you? >> well, it's kind of interesting that you say 64% are willing to raise taxes when we know that 47% of wage earning households in america don't pay taxes. i would challenge you on the number. and i'd had several telephone town hall meetings, i've been here in washington, d.c. and never have we had less than 72% not in favor of their taxes being raised. let's not talk about taxes being raised when we see a traj i'll recovery. 1.3% gdp growth. we should be talking about how do we broaden our tax base as a means of raising tax revenues. then you can eliminate a lot of loopholes in subsidies, the corporate business tax rate is 34%, second highest in the world. >> finally, allen west, should we go to default here, an unprecedented catastrophe in america, who has to resign? >> well, i'm not looking for anyone to resign and having been a military officer, i don't look at failure. i don't think we're going to default and that's why i continue to support proposals that will preclude us from defaulting on our debt obligations and make sure we don't see interest rates increase. >> yeah, but let me put it another way. >> the on succeus is squarely o senate democrats. >> and they say the opposite. >> i haven't seen a piece of paper from them yet. >> everyone is listening to the same old political chatter and meanwhile, the damage to america's economy and the global economy is getting worse by the second. i don't think any of you guys seem to realize this. >> i think i do realize that, and i've been here seven months and i'm doing everything humanly possible to turn around a spending disease 30 years in the making. i wish i could wave a magic wand and make it all go away. i'm trying to do my best within the system of the united states federal government. >> allen west, thank you very much. >> thank you for having me. >> and former and perhaps future presidential candidate rudy giuliani, a national default could damage republicans for years to come. an interesting perspective there. one of the big i guess thought processes on both sides is who loses most. if america goes to default. obviously, number one, the american people. but would it be a massive blow to the democrats or more of a blow to republicans? >> i think it will be a blow to both, probably roughly equal, depending on how you look at it. and i believe it would have to lay mostly at the feet of the president. chief executive of the united states. if you can't get a budget together and deal with debt as chief executive of the country, then you're a pretty weak leader. the reality is -- you have to put this in context. the problem isn't the crisis we're going through right now. the problem is the totally unprecede unprecedented, out of control spending we're doing. the president of the united states has come to congress asking them to increase the debt ceiling more than any president has ever asked, ever. i mean this is way beyond any president has ever asked. he wonders, why do they want to reduce spending? because he's asking for a bigger increase in debt than any president ever asked. >> but at the same time -- >> so this -- >> the real problem for our economy, which existed long before this crisis is we're spending incredibly, irresponsibly more money than we have and we have to put a stop to it, and that's why you see these people fighting the way they are fighting. they have different views of it. one side believes you should reduce spending. the other side believes you should increase taxes. and they truly believe it. and you have been calling it political posturing. i listen to both sides and i know them really well. these people really believe what they are saying. and they probably would be helped if they change their language a little. it wasn't particularly helpful for harry reid to say during his press conference that the only -- the only game in town was his bill. or for chuck shumer to reiterate the same thing. that doesn't lead to negotiations, they talk about -- >> but this is the problem, isn't it? this is the problem, isn't it? the american people i think just deserve better than they are getting right now. what they are seeing is the same old political posturing and games. >> of course they are. >> and i totally accept some of them may be principled. but many are behaving like politicians in the worst kind of caricature. and the real issue isn't the default coming, but the damage to the credit rating of america. >> absolutely. >> the damage to the global economy. countries all over the world watching, agasp, saying for god sake get a deal done. >> if they could let me put them in a room, i would settle it in a minute. >> how would do you that? >> if i had my way, cut, cap and balance would be law of the land, a balanced budget amendment, and we would cut the budget 1% or 2%. boehner isn't cutting spending, he's cutting the incredible increase in spending a little bit. here is what i would do because we're in a crisis. what i would do is say give the republicans the cuts they want and give the democrats the two years they want to get beyond the election, and then have some kind of trigger mechanism that means the cuts will be real, the reasons the republicans want to revisit the cuts in a year, they don't trust the president. they believe the president will not cut, because he's never done that and exaggerate rad the imp of this. they don't vus trust him. on the other hand, the democrats want to stretch this out beyond the election. you give the republicans the cuts, which boehner and reid agreed on actually a week ago and give democrats the two years they want and lets get the heck out of this and fight this out in the next election. >> final question, rudy. just a brief answer, please. are you aware of the rising sentiment around the world that this is looking fairly shameful for the american political process? >> look, we're a democracy. maybe the rest of the world should grow up and realize we're a democracy and we have people that have strongly different views. i disagree completely with the president of the united states, but i respect him. he believes in keynesian economics, in priming the pump, and i have a totally different view as do a lot of the republicans. we'll fight this out in election. what would really help, and this is where i fault the president. the chief executive is the one that has to be the adult in the room and bring everybody together. the president has to put a positi proposal on the table. i can't imagine not putting a proposal on the table when i was mayor of the new york city. i wouldn't wait for the city council to do it. that's absurd. i can't imagine reagan doing this, or clinton. >> rudy giuliani, as always, provocative. >> and they are going to settle it, believe me. settle it probably by tuesday, pretty much along the lines i just said. a cut, and an extension and a trigger. >> i hope you're right. i hope you're right, thanks a 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every family gets into that position every day. he has a point, doesn't he? >> well, i think there are many republicans who oppose balanced budget and the one thing we should be aware, there is one bipartisan vote so far this week and that bipartisan vote is a rejection of the boehner plan by the senate who had republicans crossing lines senator kirk, senator graham, conservative senators as well, crossing lines with democrats to reflect thjec and incorporated an extreme form of balanced budget and a ridiculous idea. the idea we'd have a majority vote to pass a balanced budget amendment down the road when they couldn't even garner 2/3 for a balanced budget amendment now. so we've entered extreme, extreme gamesmanship. these votes are utterly meaningless and senate republicans are frustrated and you saw a number of senate republicans join with democrats to vote against the boehner bill. >> the most frustrated people are not the republicans, it's the general public. >> i agree with that 100%. >> i would say why doesn't the president -- at the moment, i would say he's not emerging as a particularly strong leader. no one is getting a strong hold on this. all of this talk of filibuster, it sounds preposterous, giving the tef stating impact of the default if this happens. why doesn't the president utilize real power? you can't do a deal, you're being intranc being intransient, i'm going it alone. >> i think the president should explore the 14th amendment. i think the american people think that he should explore options. it's incredible to the american people that we would face anything that hurts our economy at a time when so many millions of americans are struggling, so i think the president should explore the 14th amendment. i would say this one idea the president has put forward a plan. the president put forward a plan in his speech in april and a plan with speaker boehner they were on the cusp with. speaker boehner was unable to come to the table because is he beholden to the tea party. let's realize what happened this week. he an extreme far right proposal and then he to move to the right in order to get the votes for his bill. so obviously he needs to demonstrate he needs to actually put partisanship aside and come to the table and put guard a an forward a bill that he can rely on democratic votes for. >> thank you both very much. >>> it took a lot of arm twisting to deliver the votes in the house tonight. another delivery was a lot easier. i'll talk to the guy who made it happen. 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[ male announcer ] the innovation, the engineering of mercedes-benz. the best or nothing. >>> going straight to anderson cooper with a preview of "anderson cooper 360." is it just because i'm british that i find this so incomprehensible? >> i think most americans are finding it incomprehensible on one level or another. but it must be interesting for you from your perspective. we haven't seen this. >> i can't imagine this happening in britain. because if they tried this stunt on the british public they'd be drummed out of parliament. it seems there are two worlds here, the politicians down on this hill who are just squabbling as they normally do without any sense of the mounting outrage. >> yeah. and the -- i don't think anybody is going to come out of this looking very good. all these arguments who this benefits, the republicans or democrats. all of them come out looking pretty poor. we're going to continue the breaking news coverage you're been doing piers on 360 tonight. all the last-minute debt drama happening on capitol hill. democrats in the senate speak a short time ago, publicly calling for negotiations and compromise, political posturing in full effect as it has been. a full team in washington tonight. john king, gloria borger, jessica yellin working their sources. alley bell is here to talk money. the economic fallout already costing you money. also the raw politics of how a deal could get done. fascinating conversation with james carville and eric ericsson. fareed zakaria joining us talking about the tea party and polarization in the united states. all that and more tonight on 360, piers. remarkable evening. >> it certainly is. thanks, anderson >>> let's try this. and end on a happy note here. because last night working into the wee small hours the pizza deliveries were coming fast and furious. we finally found a man who's actually doing well out of this farce in washington. he's jeff williams, papa john's franchise director the very store that delivered pizzas to speaker boehner's offers. >> jeff williams, you seem the only guy in america with a smile on his face right now. business booming, right? >> absolutely. business is doing just well. just well. we've been shipping tons and tons of pizzas up to the hill. one thing's for certain. congress may not exactly know how to go one way or the other on this bill, but frankly they know where to eat pizza. papa john's. better ingredients, better pizza company. >> well, i'm delighted they're having good pizza. let's be serious for a moment. what is your personal view as the official pizza supplier to these politicians who as they try this. and resolve this crisis? what do you think the answer is? >> well, you know, we're a pizza company. and frankly we don't know how to resolve this debt crisis. the one thing we focus on is just making a better pizza. and regardless if you are democrat or republican, the one thing that you can agree on is our new bipartisan pizza where we put equal toppings for both sides. >> you're a bipartisan operation, are you? >> yes,sir. absolutely. >> how many pizzas did you actually deliver last night? >> last night was a relatively good-sized order. 20 pizzas up to representative boehner. and enough to keep folks moving. but our founder and ceo john snyder has said if it takes more pizzas to get those folks moving on the hill we'll be more than happy to provide what's needed whether it's 50 pizzas or 100 pizzas. piers you're more than welcome to pass that message along to member the of the legislature and president obama as well. >> and what kind of pizza does speaker boehner like? is he on the spicy side of life? >> you know, that's a good question. they ordered a good variety last night so we really don't know what went to boehner himself. but we'd like to think that he's enjoying some of the top-quality ingredients we serve. so regardless of whether it's spicy or not, i'm sure he had a good time. >> and did they pay cash or credit? >> i believe it was credit. >> credit. so at least there was some credit left in the country. >> yes,sir, absolutely. big part of our business, actually. >> well, jeff, i think they're all thrilled for you you're doing well. the irony is not lost that capitol hill's pizza guy is doing a roaring business. thank you for joining me. >> my pleasure. i appreciate the fact you had us. >> and i'll have a spicy pep roan knee when you get an sec, please. >>> and we'll be right back.
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reid to explain why that decision was taken. i'm here with wolf blitzer, my colleague. wolf, what is about to happen here? what is the explanation? is it as simple as, sorry, you are republicans, we didn't like the bill. we're democrats, we're not having it? >> it's not that simple. they have to come up with some compromise, some sort of plan that can pass the senate and go back to the house of representatives and pass there something that the president could sign that would allow the united states to raise the debt ceiling and avert some sort of financial disaster come tuesday. it's not simple at all, so they need to work together. the mainstream, main leadership, democrats and republicans, they need to find a way to come up with the bare minimum to get over this hump. it's a huge, huge obstacle, standing in the way of an mechanic recovery, if you will. so the stakes really are enormous. >> what we're waiting for here is senate majority leader harry reid, about to explain why the senate has rejected john boeh r boehner's bill. let's go to jessica yellin while we wait. cnn's chief wh
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>>> welcome back to "cnn newsroom." i'm brooke baldwin. stay right where you are. we are filling in the blanks of this debt reduction plan that could, one, avert the looming default of the united states treasury and, two, dramatically change the size and scope of the federal government as we know it. senator tom coburn, member of the so-called gang of 6, is standing by for me on capitol hill to answer some questions. first i need to get some news to you. i want to report that president obama has just summoned congressional democrats to aarr white house. to be clear, democrats only. we're also hearing the top two house republicans, john boehner and eric cantor are to meet with mr. obama at 5:00 p.m. eastern time. so clearly a busy afternoon shaping up at the white house. tell you what, i want to take you now straight to senator coburn who is live for me. sir, good to have you on the program. let me just begin with this. we mentioned these meetings at the white house. my question is, is the fact that there's a democrats only meeting happening now at the white house, does that, sir, signal to you that we have entered a new phase in these talks, these debt reduction talks that the president is now starting the process of essentially selling your gang of six proposal to his people, that the process of the arm twisting and the lining of support is under way? >> oh, i don't know that you can assume that. it may be that he's going to talk to them about a short-term agreement that i think they announced an hour or so ago that they would like to do in terms of short-term extension. you know, i can't tell you what they're going to meet on. >> so you don't think it's necessarily arm twisting? >> no, i don't think so. i don't think so. >> let me ask you, you mentioned the short term. do you know, sir, when we say short term, i remember hearing from president obama saying, you know, 90, 60, 180, kicking the can down the road not good enough for him. maybe it is now. do we know timeline, when he says short term, what that might entail? >> i certainly don't. to me, short term would be, you know, 30 or 45 days. we still need to solve this. the real problem, brooke, is we have to send a signal to the international financial community that we understand the kind of hole we're in. that we're willing to make the difficult choices and that we can't have what each party wants so there has to be some type of compromise to get there. the best plan, of course, is to take the $9 trillion out over the next ten years and put us on the road to really wonderful recovery and a future prosperity for the country. that's probably not going to happen. >> i know you've floated this idea of the $9 trillion. let's stay more in the ballpark. what is it? 3.7? >> this one's 3.7. let me make the point. >> go ahead, sir. >> there isn't one international economist out there that doesn't recognize that for us to really get out f of our problem, we eventually have to take $9 trillion out of our budget over the next ten years. so this is a start. $3.7 trillion is a start. $2.7 trillion of it is in spending reductions. a trillion dollars will be increased revenues of government through tax reform and the elimination of tax loopholes and tax expenditures. >> let me stop you there. i want to make sure we're underscoring and italicizing the points you're making. we have to pay down the debt as you mentioned by raising taxes and cutting spending. from what i understand, you're on the gang of six, i'm glad to be talking to you, because you know the sort of nitty-gritty here. we have pulled together from some of our various sources that we're talking 75% spending cuts and 25% in increased revenues. is that correct? >> that's close. it's increased revenues through economic growth and the elimination of tax loopholes. >> now, in addition to opposing new taxes, house republicans are saying, you know, don't touch the u.s. military. it's off limits. does the gang of six plan envision $80 billion in pentagon cuts as some of us have seen reported? $80 billion? >> yes. that's accurate. >> what kind of reaction have you gotten thus far on the hill from that? >> not bad. look, the pentagon is -- you could cut a trillion dollars out of it over the next ten years, and it'd still be at a level higher than at the height of the iraq surge. in terms of spending. so, you know, for your listeners to put things in perspective, the federal government's twice as big as it was ten years ago. right now. twice as big. so everybody out there that's having to live within a budget, making the hard choices in our economy today, know that if you've grown something twice in ten years, you obviously can make some significant cuts in it without having any negative effect. >> senator coburn, let's talk about your role in the gang of six. is it correct, i mean, you bolted from the group. it was widely reported a couple of months ago. returned recently when the gang agreed to cut an additional 100-plus billion dollars from entitlement health care programs. and are you rock solid behind this new plan? >> you know, i'm rock solid behind my plan. my plan isn't going to happen. so i'm rock solid behind the plan that gets us on the way and this one does. >> your plan being the $9 trillion? >> yeah. >> the whole thing, it appears to be dependent upon rewriting the tax code. so how do we do that? how do we make all these other changes? how do we avert this, you no kn potential default in 13 days and how do we do all that in an orderly fashion without something getting hoodwinked, i.e. the american people? >> i think you could have a short-term extension. you could pass something similar to this that was satisfactory to the house, maybe with more spending reductions that would pass the house. and you could say we'll give a conditional debt limit increase based on these things happening. and if these things toent happen, then we're back to where we are today. so you can't get hoodwinked. nobody's going to vote for something that they don't think the process is going to happen. so it has to be tied with some real pain if, in fact, you don't make these changes to the tax code and reductions in spending, then all deals are off. so i think we can accomplish that. it's going to require some trust, but it's also going to require a lot of verification and a condition that any massive increase in the debt limit is only going to happen when this is in place. >> you, sir, are the gold standard among, you know, some conservatives. and just as the president and, perhaps, you don't necessarily say he's selling at this hour to democrats, perhaps he is. you and i are not in the room. will you be selling it and can you sell to the house republicans trillions of dollars in revenue increases when those folks have been saying time and time again, sorry, not moving a penny? >> well, it's not trillions. and the net effect of it will be no increase in taxes because amt is totally eliminated. if you were to do it on just what the law is today, not a baseline or anything else, what you'd say is there'd be about $1 trillion of increased revenue come to the government through economic growth associated with lowering the tax codes. but there will also be $1.8 trillion that won't come to it through the elimination of the amt. >> but if you don't see -- will house republicans see it the way you just described to me? >> first of all, brooke, there's another point. the house has already passed a debt limit extension. they passed it last night. and what they said is cut spending, cap it for the future and pass a balanced budget amendment. we're going to be on that. my hope would be that we pass that. >> but we all know, sir, that won't fly through the senate. >> i'm not sure everybody knows that. i hear that said all the time. if that doesn't happen, then the american people ought to ask the members of congress who don't vote for that why is it you don't want a balanced budget amendment? the balanced budget amendment is the only long-term thing that's going to secure your freedom and cause the government to live within its means and not sacrifice the future of the generations that follow us. so the question ought to be asked is why not? so i'm not sure that's the case yet. what i would tell you is i think cut cap and balance is a great prescription, actually it's better than anything else that's out there, other than the $9 trillion, to actually getting us back to health. >> okay. well, let me just take you back, though, to your gang of six plan. just so i'm hearing you crystal clear. because a lot of americans, you know, are wondering and sort of sitting with baited breath hoping we don't hit default in 13 days. so if the president agrees to some sort of, you know, short-term fix and we do not default in 13 days, the plan that you have come up with will serve as a basis for that short-term plan and that you all will come back together after that short-term plan has expired for a longer term fix? am i hearing that right? >> well, i'm not sure our plan will be the basis for the short-term agreement. i think there may be a short-term agreement because the time necessary to come to an agreement probably is going to be difficult. but the second thing that you have to consider, any plan has to pass the house. and so it's probably going to have to have more spending reduction in it than the gang of six has to be able to get the votes in the house to pass. >> if only to be a fly on the wall at 5:00 eastern in the white house with mr. boehner and mr. cantor and mr. obama. >> i'm sure they've got some flies in there that we could -- you could probably put one of those little microscopes on there for you. >> we'll see what we can do. >>> now watch this -- >> i saw the man's eyes as he was going over the waterfall, and that was devastating. >> a desperate search under way right now at yosemite national park after these three hikers get swept over this raging waterfall. several people, they were there, they saw it happen. but no one knows who the victims are. >>> plus, a human catastrophe. it is unfolding right now. 11 million people in somalia are starving to death. many of them, little ones, children. but there is a hitch to getting them food. we're going to go in-depth here. we're going to take you live to africa on this developing story, coming up. >> announcer: this past year alone there's been a 67% spike in companies embracing the cloud-- big clouds, small ones, public, private, even hybrid. your data and apps must move easily and securely to reach many clouds, not just one. that's why the network that connects, protects, and lets your data move fearlessly through the clouds means more than ever. my cream is what makes stouffer's fettuccini alfredo so delicious. i think you'll find it's the vegetables. deliciously rich. flavorful! 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>> we still have not found the bodies of the three individuals that went over vernal falls. we still have rescue crews out there right now that are combing the area looking for any signs. >> i hear you say the word "rescue." so these three are not presumed dead? >> we have, actually -- we put out a statement this morning, just about an hour ago. we are presuming that the three individuals are dead. the waterfall is actually a 317-foot waterfall and it is in a location of the mersed river that is very rocky and very rough. so we have turned this into a search for recovery effort. >> it is a recovery effort. let me ask you, we're looking at pictures of what appears to be just a gorgeous waterfall here. help me understand the lay of the land. you have on top of the waterfall some sort of guardrail. can you just describe the area for me? how much area is between the guardrail and the waterfall? i mean, how quickly would that fall have been? >> so the trail that goes up to the top of the waterfall is what's known as the mist trail. it's our most popular trail in the park. there is a very large granite slab at the top of the waterfall that's very popular for people to rest and eat their lunches. there is a guardrail that goes across the granite slab. now, this guardrail is just there, you know, letting people know that beyond this point it's not safe. there's swift water. there are signs that are posted. >> there are signs? >> there are signs, yep, alluding to that very thing. but you can crawl over the guardrail. we don't have a ranger up there saying you can't go here. there's no fencing. a grown individual would be able to get over the guardrail very easy, which is from witness accounts exactly what these three individuals were doing. >> also from witness accounts, we understand there were some children with them. are all the children accounted for? >> i know that the group was with -- excuse me. the three individuals were with a group of family and friends consistenting of multiple ages. everybody else in the group has been accounted for. >> okay. i just want to end this with, it's summertime. people are going to beautiful yosemite, you know, national park and other lovely places across the country. and i just want you to take this moment, you have a message for people. getting a little too close. >> yes. we have very, very high water right now. we are urging visitors to please take caution around the water, realize that water is very cold, very high and very swift. so please be careful. >> terrible. kari cobb with yosemite national park, thank you so much. >>> coming up next, a dire situation unfolding right now. it is a world away. it hits close to home. millions of somalis are in danger of starving to death. children are dying, parents are grieving, making impossible choices. it is a story that is too important to ignore. cnn has a correspondent on the ground there right now, david mckenzie. he has been tweeting. i encourage you to follow his twitter page as i have been all day long, tweeting some heartbreaking images that we want to bring to you. our conversation is next. >>> there's a human crisis unfolding right before our very eyes. it is so epic, it is so painful to describe let alone see. but you have to take a look at this photograph here. this image of a father and his child. here is video of a man from somalia. he was driven into kenya by a drou drought so severe that 11 million people are in desperate need of help right now. 11 million people. many will die. in fact, the little girl he was holding in his arms was his daughter. she is one of those victims. she was just 4 years of age when hunger claimed her life. he will pray. here's her burial service. he will pray before burying her in that grave. this is in a refugee camp in kenya. more than 4,000 somalis will crowd into this one camp each week. now, this week the united nations declared the hunger in southern somalia is so severe it is now calling this officially a famine. if aid does not arrive soon, the disaster is expected to spread. i want to go to cnn's david mckenzie who's live for me at that refugee camp in kenya not too far from the somali border. david, you've been taking and tweeting some gut wrenching, heartbreaking pictures. we're going to share some of those in a moment. i want to begin with these people, these children, these parents, are they getting the aid they need? >> no, they're not, brooke. that's the short answer. the longer answer is, you know, statistics are being thrown around that are sometimes hard for people sitting at home trying to figure out what they mean. 2 million children are in desperate need of help in this region. effectively, this is a child's famine. it's not the adults that are suffering the most. it's the 0 to 5, 5 to 10-year-olds that are really suffering the most. in those numbers there are individuals, brooke, like sarah. like the child who was buried yesterday morning. we were there at the foot of the grave as ibrahim, her father, was forced to bury his child. something no father should ever have to do, brooke. certainly it's the individuals that are suffering. it's mostly the kids in this region. brooke? >> the kids, they really -- they tell the story, as you mention, the numbers are staggering. we're going to pull up a couple of the pictures that you've been tweeting, david. this first one, let me set it up for you. it's this picture. we see a woman on the inside of what looks like, here she is, a gated off area. many other people are on the other side sort of staring in at her. she's got a yellow sack over her shoulder. can you set this up for me? tell me more about this photograph. >> reporter: well, brooke, this is a woman who's coming in and getting her registration. effectively, people have to go -- to walk from somalia. imagine walking from one country to the next. you're already hungry. you're already thirsty. your family is starving. and moving across the border, you get to a place like this which in itself is not that welcoming. this woman would have to arrive at 5:00 in the morning, perhaps earlier, wait for hours, come to this gate. between her and the registration there is a barb wire fence. she has to prove that she's not a terrorist. she then has to get her fingers printed and her child's fingers fingerprinted. then she'll get maybe two weeks of rations. a very small amount of food that will have to last for those two weeks. then people are having to wait up to a month because of this backlog to get more food so that they can survive. that girl sarah that we talked about in the beginning of our discussion, she had arrived. and her situation got worse when she got here. not better. so the aid needs to come into this camp desperately so people can actually be helped and have the dignity that they deserve as refugees. >> we're going to talk a little bit more about the aid and the difficulty in getting it in because of this mill tast terrorist organization, al shabab, with my guest in just a moment. i want to show one more picture, david. it's a woman sitting on a bed with a young child. as we look at this image i want to also show a tweet. because this is the most recent tweet. i think this will really help explain this to our american viewers. you tweeted the crisis in the horn of africa isn't new. this has been a refugee camp for many, many years. what is it about this day, this week, this situation that makes it so, so dire? >> reporter: brooke, that child sitting on that bed, if that's the photo we're talking about, that's maria. she's 2 years old. have a look at her. 2 years old. she looks like she could be a newborn. she weighs less than a newborn. but she came trekking with her mother across the border and effectively has to be fed through her nose because she can't take in food. that's the situation that people are facing here in kenya coming from somalia. and the real tragedy of this is that as all famines effectively these days are manmade. the southern part of somalia, the areas that have been declared famine zones, are mostly in control of al shabab, the islamic militant group. they threw out the world food program some years ago and basically if the u.n. could get in there, get major -- funding and major food coming into those zones, it could help this crisis pretty quickly. but the major problem is over time people in this region are living on the edge. this has just pushed them off. >> david mckenzie, i appreciate you standing there and taking these photographs. i want to encourage so many people to follow you on twitter. david, thank you so much. speaking of the aid and the issues of getting the aid in the country, unicef says this crisis on the horn of africa is a children's famine. the relief group is calling for more help for the region where it says half a million children are at imminent risk of dying. i'm joined on the phone from nairobi and kenya. the pictures david was showing us are heart wrenching. the problem of hunger and drought in the horn of africa as we were just discussing isn't anything new. what makes this situation, what makes it more dire than ever before? 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>> you know, that's really unclear. because the justice department went to great pains to point out to the family that we will not only discuss with you just this allegation, but we're going to make it about all kinds of issues, ongoing issues, that we know that you have concerns about. and certainly, brooke when the fbi is conducting an investigation they're certainly not going to lay out details of what they've gather shered so f. they don't do it to the public and they certainly don't do it to the press. so the families, on the other hand, are insistent to say we are happy to cooperate. if you want to look at our old phone records to see whether there's any information to make things easier on you, we're happy to sign any agreements to turn over that -- that information to you and see what happens. so it's far too early to say whether it will go beyond that. >> but at least we know it is now finally happening. susan candiotti, thanks. >>> coming up next, move over, susan boyle. ♪ >> all right. so the guy's got some pipes. did you know they have a tv showed "korea's got talent"? they just unearthed this. a 22-year-old with an amazing voice. his background makes it even more remarkable. 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"kor "korea's got talent" has got its own susan boyle. living on the street, sleeping in staircases and public toilets as a kid. the story and performance are now an internet sensation. that is why now it's trending. watch this from my colleague, paula hancocks. >> reporter: trying to calm those last-minute nerves. choy seems just like thousands of other hopefuls on "korea's got talent." but he's not. >> reporter: for the next ten years, he lived on the streets selling gum and energy drinks. he slept in stairwells or public toilets. >> reporter: and then came this. ♪ >> reporter: this powerful baritone voice from a 22-year-old is as impressive as his determination to pull himself from the streets to the stage. ♪ >> reporter: his rendition of the italian song, "my fantasy," reduced the judges and the audience to tears. he says he still feels a little uncomfortable being part of the competition. >> reporter: but he did make it through. coming out on top in the first round of the semifinals. he told the judges he's both scared and excited by the attention. he's thankful he made it on to the show. >> reporter: he has become an internet sensation. so far well over 10 million people have watched him on youtube. and the fact that korea usually rigorously trains and grooms its pop stars before debuting them makes his raw talent and success even more impressive. he's favorite to win the competition. and even if he doesn't, one of the judges pledged to help him with his voice training, the first time she heard him sing. paula hancocks, cnn, seoul. >> is that not amazing? that is amazing, paula hancocks. thanks for telling the story. >>> coming up next, the motto of the mill len yells. live happy and at home with your parents. why generation y is reversing course and breaking with tradition. back in a moment. 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[ male announcer ] for a deeper clean, fight biofilm with listerine®. >>> they may be the biggest boomerang generation in history. the babies of the baby boomers, millennials or generation y, their parents are asking, why are you still living at home? poppy harlow looks into that as she looks at the mindset of the. >> another morning, another wake-up call from dad. like so many gey-y 'ers, preston lives at home. >> you get the privileges of being an adult without all the responsibilities. >> that's one of the traits of the roughly 50 million mill lynnians between 8 and 29 years old. this is a generation that will say well, i got a job mom or dad and i didn't like it so i quit it. >> i think work-life balance is part of it. you can have your cake and eat it, too. >> that's not asking for too much? >> no, of course not. >> preston works for fellow millennial. >> the ceo calls me up. jason, we need you, our gen yers are driving us crazy. their pants are falling off. >> he rakes up $25,000 per speech, teaching a slew of fortune 500 companies how to work with his generation. >> what are the defining characteristings of millennial is a sense of entitlement. showing up and feeling like people owe you things. >> we show up, we want to make a difference from day one. which is totally huge. that's why we think we should be vice president, right? >> reporter: the generational divide in the request work place is clear. >> if you're a gen y and you're managing a gen x'er and they say well, where did you get your data from? >> they think they're special, they're different and they don't fit in the mold of the traditional millennials. and then there are the doting parents. how often do you come by and bring food and make dinner? >> whenever i either get invited or i'm not invited, i'm here. >> she doesn't want to say because it's embarrassing. >> reporter: but millennials may just have a better perspective on life than generations before them. >> i definitely don't want to get rich. >> really? >> that's what we've been told from a young age. do what makes you happy. >> the millennials just want something they can put on facebook. >> i want to go back to the guy making $25,000 for a speaking engagement. tell me he's not living with mom and dad still. >> no, he's not. he has a pretty sweet house on his own. but his mom comes over almost every night and brings dinner and helps with the kids and brings flowers. i was more thinking like that sounds great. but, you know, it is an interesting thing with this generation. and i'll tell you how involved their parents get. i'm part of this generation, but a lot of parents get so involved, brooke, he told us a story, jason who consults with companies about gen y's, one time he had a company that told them a mother of one of his employees called because he wasn't happy with the son's review, tried to get the bos fired for giving a bad review. you see this overinvolvement of parents a lot in this generation and it affects the kids in the work place. it's very, very interesting. >> when you have mom and dad weaking your child up at age 29, i think mom and dad get to have a little bit of involvement and say, i guess. thank you so much. >>> still to come here's some new developments coming in to that 8-year-old boy. we're learning more on how he was killed. be right back. >>> time now for your cnn equals politics update. let's go to wolf blitzer. what do you have? >> i'm going to tell you, i love that piece you just had on about the singer. >> don't you love that? >> that was so moving. i could see your eyes beginning to get a little moist, am i right or wrong? >> a little bit. >> did you get a little emotional. >> i love hearing italian opera and hearing him sing. >> what a story, too. let me tell you about some politics going on. your eyes are not going to get moist hearing about the political ticker stuff. but i'll tell you what's going on. the president is meeting with democrats, democratic leaders, republican leaders. he's desperately searching for some sort of breakthrough. we did hear a little bit of a tweak in the white house position. remember last week, and you do remember this, brooke, i'm sure. he said he was not going to go along with a 30 day, a 60-day, a 90-day, or even a 120-day whatever extension. some stop gap, short-term measure. today the white house is saying if it's necessary for a few days, he's willing to go along with an extension beyond the august 2 deadline in order to avoid default and get some sort of bigger deal. he likes this -- the framework of this gang of six proposal. and i saw your interview with senator coburn. he likes that. and a lot of democrats and republicans in the senate like it. the question is, do they have 218 votes in the house of representatives? because there are a lot of republicans as you know, brooke, in the house who don't want any tax increases whatsoever. and there are plenty of democrats in the house who don't want to fool around with social security, medicare entitlements, whatsoever. with we're go i think to get two representatives in the house of representatives in "the situation room" later today. david wasserman shultz who also happens to be the chair of the democrat party. she's got a lot to say about this. also jason chaffetz, tea partier. he has a different perspective. the real battle is not necessarily going to be in the senate it's going to be in the house of representatives. we'll see what happens there. one final note, pete hoekstra, the former chairman of the house intelligence commission announces he's going to throw his hat in the ring. so we'll see what happens in michigan. that will be lively. no doubt about that. brooke? >> thank you so much. i don't know if you've seen this yet. take a good long look with me. you, too, folks. want to remind everyone. look, no excuses not to watch wolf blitzer, myself, or just keep up on your news. the first news network in the u.s. to stream 24-hour news online on a mobile device, which means even if you're not in front of a tv, no excuses. you can still watch me and all your other favorites live. all you have to do is go to cnn.com/video. and now watch this. >>> a 4-year-old girl dies because she's hungry. no food, no water anywhere in sight. now 11 million could share that fate. it's a human crisis unfolding right before our very eyes. i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now. it's called the gang of six plan, but many question whether it could solve america's credit problem before it's too late. i'll talk live with one democrat who calls it a game changer. the head of the snake may be gone, but al qaeda's new strategy could change the way america fights terror. plus, hours from now, this man will die. a killer convicted for his rampage after 9/11. but one of his victims survived and says call off the execution. >> please, do the right thing. save a human life. >> the clock is ticking. and michele bachmann says she could still run the country, despite a health problem. elizabeth cohen has the truth about migraines. welcome back. top of the hour here. want to begin with some breaking news. we now know how that little boy just 8 years old from brooklyn died. if the examiner says 8-year-old leiby kietzky was droged and then smothered. steve, let me just remind everyone. we're looking at surveillance video. this is from different posts in and around this neighborhood where you can see this 8-year-old, there he is. and next to him was 345-year-old levi aron who's been charged with murder and kidnap in the first degree. apparently he was given a muscle relaxant, an anti-psychotic drug, a pain medication and the drug find in tylenol. when you hear that, what's your first reaction? >> well, the first thing that i think of is in kidnapping and sexual assault cases and pedophilia involving children, these drugs are sometimes used, especially the opiates, the muscle relaxants are used to maintain control over the child. so inform all likelihood this was done to calm him and to allow aron to perpetrate whatever it was that he perpetrated against him during that time that he had him incarcerated. i noticed in the press release, we don't see really the concentration, so it's kind of hard to see or judge how badly it may have affected him during that time period. >> also in what we've been reading from new york police commissioner who's just describing this whole thing as heart breaking and heart wrenching. he says this suspect told authorities he was sorry for the trouble he'd caused and that he hears voices and ha luis nates. typical? >> typical. and, you know, it's -- that may be the case, but in all likelihood, this is the defense that is going to be mounted by his attorneys. they're going to claim insanity. as i mentioned last week on the show, how could someone not be a psychotic so muciopath and comm these kinds of crimes against a child. it's likely not his first time. this is not how one begins the life of crime, if you will. >> but, you know, from what i've read, he has no serious -- nothing serious in his background other than just urinating in public was all he had on his record, that's it. what more do you think here about this case? when you and i were talking about, you seemed to have information that the two individual, the 8-year-old boy and the 35-year-old knew each other, but we're still not hearing that from the police. do you know something more? >> well, he was employed in a hardware store about a block from where the family lived. a source said that there was some sort of degree of aknowance, if you will. this community is very secret, very private in what they do. so had aron had some sort of criminal background, some criminal behavior that was brought to their attention, they would likely handle it in-house rather than bring it forth to the police department. so i'm not sure why and if -- or why that hasn't been reiterated by law enforcement, but it is interesting that this is the case, that from what we're hearing from people within the community is that he did know the child. . >> i just -- you know, read that the community, you know, the hasidic jewish community in brooklyn shocked about this whole thing. coming together, but perhaps maybe the fact that they're closed off is making it more difficult for police to get information and investigate. thank you so much for hopping on the line as we're getting that breaking news from brooklyn. appreciate it. and now i want to take you to a crisis that is threatening the lives of 500,000 children right now. it's happening along somalia's border with kenya and really across the horn of africa. here's another number. 11 million people are in desperate need of help. the problem is hunger, so severe, the united nations this week labelleded this crisis a famine. difd david mckenzie reports from a refugee camp where parents face the task of burying their children. >> this man carries the body of his dead child. she drew her last breath at dawn. she was 4 years old. facing mecca, they pray for her soul and bury her. severely malnourished, ibrahim tried to get sarah to the nearest hospital. but a ride costs more than $1 here, more than any of these refugees could afford. sarah's uncles say they fled here hoping for better. we didn't come with money from somalia. we didn't come with anything. but we're refugees but we're dying because we don't get enough help. ibrahim's family arrived tired and hungry, but he said they were forced to beg for food for two weeks. when they finally got given it, it didn't help. we haven't been given enough help, he says. we've been given only flour and maize and a child who is sick will not get better on that. now he worries he could lose another child and his daughter is dangerously thin. it's in god's hands, he says. it's not in mine. but if it stays this bad, more people will die. they call this place carcass. it's where people leave their animals to die. but sarah's father says they protected her well. the hyenas won't be able to reach her, he says. she's already in paradise. >> more than 4,000 somalis will crowd into that one camp each week, each person desperate for food, clean water, a place to sleep. as you can imagine, it's a humanitarian nightmare. i want you to watch as david mckenzie now takes us on a tour of this camp. >> this is the entrance to the camp. the people here are tired, they're exhausted. many of them haven't had food or even water for a long time. they've come here since 5:00 a.m. and while the lines don't look that big right now, it's already almost midday and these people just keep on stream into this camp. they're coming from somalia, they're walking, they're taking cars. sometimes spending up to $40. i want to show you something over here. you know, these people, these families have just come in moments ago. they have come in because they don't have food where they are. the conflict has pushed them out of somalia and they're really in a desperate situation. >> so you heard david mention the disparity and also the conflict, specifically in this region. i want to bring in jill dougherty. jill, severe drought, famine. as if that's not enough, somalia is a country ripped apart by this militant terrorist organization called al-shabbab. how do they multiply challenges to get food and aid to the people in need. >> if you look at what's been happening to them literally for the last two years. you know, al shabaab is an islamist terrorist organization. they control taxes and bribes of people who want to get into those areas. so when the international, u.s. international aid organizations try to get in there, they have to pay bribes. and the united states has been saying, that's not what we're going to do. and now, al shabaab for some reason has said they're going to lift these restrictions, but the question is, as susan rice, who is the u.s. ambassador to the united nations said, it's not clear whether they're actually going to do that or not. but at the briefing that we had at the state department yesterday, they said they're sending -- that there are some teams going in there and testing whether they can actually get in. you know, there's 60% of the people who need help can't get it because of al shabaab. >> this is the first time in two years they've been able to bring in any kind of food to this country, very much so in need. but here's my follow-up question to that. if you're dropping in food and many countries are gripped by the control of these terrorists, how can they even guarantee that aid doesn't get intercepted into the wrong hands? >> well, that's one of the controls, the problems that they have in controlling it. but somebody has to get in there. but somebody has to get in there. this is the wost drought in 60 years. people walking ten days across the desert. what's happening in the united states has just upped the money that they are giving. the u.s. is giving now a total of $459 million. hillary clinton, the secretary of state just today, in fact, said another $28 million, that's part of that, is going to help out the situation, but it is desperate. the u.n.'s ban ki moon says they need help with this over the next few months or it's going to spread through the entire region. >> wow. not only all of these different layers, though, to this story, make it even more challenging, look, this isn't anything new. child soldiers in the reports that al shabaab and some of the war lords are grabbing some of these young children refugees, trying to seek safe haven, find food, and forcing them to fight in their battles. how rampant is that? >> oh, entirely possible. sometimes you can't talk about one individual, but definitely as a group, you can say that they do do this, absolutely. they've done it before during the conflict. i talked to one about a year ago. it's not new. and it was a horrendous situation. they are forced to fight, forced to murder 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>> that's what we're hear, yeah. the history goes back about a year ago. the president created a deficit reduction commission. co-chaired by erskine bowles. and also co-chaired by alan simpson, former republican senator from wyoming. they put together a plan that reduced the deficits over ten years by about $4 trillion. 2/3 to 3/4 on the spending side, 1/3 on the revenue side. and the gang of six is really an outgrowth. some of the people who served on the deficit commission with erskine bowles and alan simpson. >> we have received -- we have word from the white house that this plan, so far of just six, moves forward, that the president is now willing to agree to a short-term extension on the federal debt ceiling. we listened to him before, what was it, last week in the daily briefing where he derided the whole plan. he said i don't want to kick the can down the road. i want a long-term fix. what is your reaction to the turn around? what do you think, senator, changed the president's mind? >> well, the president sat in negotiations with john boehner in the house and senate, he wanted a big deal, wanted to try to get to $4 trillion in deficit savings. a democrat, we have to be willing to put on the table entitlement programs and we ask for republicans to join us by putting some revenues on the table. we go back to '93 where we had balanced budgets for three or four years in a row. they actually did a 50-50 deal, 50% spending cuts and 50% on the revenue side. the american people want a deal like this. not everyone. the folks on the far right don't want any revenues. if the foxes on the left want a lot of revenues and not much on the spending side. >> is that what it is now, sir, the president is saying okay to a short-term plan. is he just having to listen to loud voice s on the right? >> i hope in terms of a short-term plan, the president would be willing to let us have a month or two to try to work out the details of the gang of six's proposal. and the idea of raising the debt ceiling for a month or two, i think that's the smart thing to do. that way we don't have to rush needlessly to get something done that we'll later regret. >> so perhaps then it would be moot to ask you how many votes in the senate the gang of six plan would need for approval if that's actually not the plan that they would try to get through in 13 days. >> i think ultimately we may take parts of the plan and get separate votes on different parts of the plans. doing that, it might be easier to get to 60. the other part is to try to do it all at once. that might not be the best approach, but we've got some time -- i think the smart thing to do, raise the debt kreceilin for a month. if we have good faith negotiations. i think we do. we had half republicans, half democrats ekwa al qaedaly divided, a lot of spirit to move this forward. >> i want to ask something i asked the republican senator of oklahoma, senator tom coburn. he was on last hour. this plan, this particular gang of six plan hinges on appearing to rewrite the tax code. how do we do that? how do we agree on all these other changes? how do we avert a government default in less than two weeks? how do we do all that in an orderly fashion without the american people feeling like they got hoodwinked? >> well, what we can do is if we want to raise the -- we're borrowing $120 billion a month. that's a lot of money. if we extend that to a month or two, we can work through this. i serve on the finance committee, the tax writing committee in the senate, suggest to us what the amount of money that we're looking for from revenues, looking for from savings from different programs, give us a couple of month. if we give ourselves 18 months to do this. we'll use 18 months. work expands to fill the amount of time we give to a particular job. we don't need to wait 1 months to do this. 12 months or six months. we don't have to rush to do it tomorrow, but we need to get moving. >> hmm. senator tom carper a lot of americans will agree with you on the getting moving things. >> i know they do in delaware. thank you. >>> coming up, terrifying mom t moments caught on camera. find out what scared this big cat. look at this. also developing now. now that osama bin laden is gone, al qaeda is apparently changing its strategy. not only would that anger bin laden, but it could change how america fights terror. you've got to hear this next. yo? 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>> there were talks of zawahiri aligning himself. but this idea of a merger for all intense and purposes, al qaeda and al qaeda in the arabian peninsula, they work together. they're already allies. so in some respects they're already there. and as for the two men themselves that i ear very different. they come from very different backgroun backgrounds. and for zawahiri, he's not considered the easiest man to get along with. it remains to see how much cooperation there will be with other groups around the world. >> thank you. in many polls, mitt romney appears to be the early favorite to win the republican 2012 nomination, but there are two people surging in polls, one of them isn't even officially in the race. who might that be? that's next. my cream is what makes stouffer's fettuccini alfredo so delicious. i think you'll find it's the vegetables. deliciously rich. flavorful! 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[ pigeons ] heyyy! hooo!!! >>> here we go, we have a rare warning about bad behavior in the navy. american airlines makes a big purchase and we get the truth behind migraines. time to play "reporter roulette. barbara starr, let's begin there at the pentagon. talk about this memo that was sent out last month regarding the navy. >> that's right, brooke. the chief naval operations, the head officer in the u.s. navy, not very happy right now. the commander of an air squadron was relieved of duty for what's described as an alcohol-related incident while on port call in the middle east. that is just the latest. so far this year, 14 commanding officers in the united states navy, relieved of duty for misconduct. 14 wrapping up july. but that compares to 17 also of last year. that has led admiral gary roughhead, the ceo to write a blunt four-page memo reminding commanding officers, and i quote, you will be held accountable to the highest scan dards of conduct. that from the cno to the fleet, reminding them not to misbehave. brooke? >> so we're still in july here. you mentioned alcohol incidents. what else have some of these guys been up to? >> there have been alcohol incidents, allegations of inappropriate relationships. there was an incident when a commanding officer was relieved in part for mishandling a loaded weapon onboard a ship and at least two cases where commanding officers were relieved of duty for running their ships into buoys while in port. brooke? >> thank you so much. american airlines buying hundreds of new planes. alison kosic has more. i know this is being called the largest commercial orderner history. >> exactly. these planes begin flying around 2013. 460 planes. the orders being split between boeing and airbus, which is based in europe. and the types of planes that are going to be coming in are the most popular commercial jets that are used on domestic routes. analysts say american airlines really desperately needs to upgrade its fleet. its planes average about 15 years old. and they're fuel guzzlers, too. the american will reportedly try to have internet access across its entire domestic fleet. better lighting, entertainment systems, good stuff for flyers. >> more fuel efficient, i wonder if that means the price of a ticket would go down. >> probably not. >> probably not she says. a dose of reality. let's talk about mail. i remember as a kid i used to run out to the mailbox. now i just hate the mail because it's all bills. our mailboxes may be a little emptier. >> on saturday, you know, the usps, maybe just doing away with saturday delivery. that could happen soon. but before it does happen, congress has to approve it. the usps would have to give six months notice to customers. even if there isn't any saturday delivery at the post office, it would still be open, express mail would still be delivered. if it does do this, it says, hey, we're going to save $3 billion, and we all know why this is happening. we're doing the electronic billing,less snail mail. >> the usps, they're discussing maybe even having three day a week delivery. that could be an option, not time soon, but it's something they're discussing that could happen within 15 years. imagine only having to get your bills three times a week. that would be a little better, i guess. >> i can't get away from the online billing. we've got to pay. bottom line, whether it's in your mailbox or online. thank you so much. do you suffer from may grains? i do every blue moon. it's not fun. we just told you a short time ago, her doctors say she's in overall good health. with all the talk about terrible headaches, we want to know what's the real deal? here's elizabeth cohen. elizabeth? >> 30 million americans suffer from migraines and apparently michele bachmann is one of them. "the daily caller" says former staffers told them that she has them weekly and that they incapacitate her for days. now bachmann says yes, she does have migraines but they're not nearly that bad. >> oom i prescribe medication i take on occasion whenever symptoms arise and they keep my migraines under control. but i would like to be abundantly clear. my ability to function effectively will not affect my ability to serve as commander-in-chief. bachmann's son is a physician and he says look, maybe my mother can't run a mile but she can take in and process information at least fine. he did say at least twice she's had to have emergency treatment for her migraines while traveling. doctors tell us indeed when people get the right treatment, they can function at a perfectly high level. however, there are some migraine suffererers who say they really can't work and do go out on disability. now, of course, we don't know the exact extent of her headaches, but she says that she can function just fine. bachmann's son says that she has noticed that she sometimes will get migraines when she wears high heels. experts tell us it can cause back pain. back pain can trigger migraines. who knows. maybe it's the heels. >> i don't know about the high heels. i should have them every day if that's the case. that's your reporter roulette for this wednesday. now this. >> please, do the right thing, save a human life. >> a convicted killer has just two hours to live. set to die tonight for a racist ram pain after 9/11. but coming up next, find out why one of his victims is begging texas to stop the execution. also, a lesbian couple says a hotel would not host their weddi wedding. wait until you hear how much they're suing for. stay right here. i realized i needed an aarp... medicare supplement insurance card, too. medicare is one of the great things about turning 65, but it doesn't cover everything. in fact, it only pays up to 80% of your part b expenses. if you're already on or eligible for medicare, call now to find out how an aarp... medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company, helps cover some of the medical expenses... not paid by medicare part b. that can save you from paying up to thousands of dollars... out of your own pocket. these are the only medicare supplement insurance plans... exclusively endorsed by aarp. when you call now, you'll get this free information kit... with all you need to enroll. put their trust in aarp medicare supplement insurance. plus you'll get this free guide to understanding medicare. the prices are competitive. i can keep my own doctor. and i don't need a referral to see a specialist. call now to get a free information kit. plus you'll get this free guide to understanding medicare. and the advantages don't end there. choose from a range of medicare supplement plans... that are all competitively priced. we have a plan for almost everyone, so you can find one that fits your needs and budget. with all medicare supplement plans, there are virtually no claim forms to fill out. plus you can keep your own doctor and hospital that accepts medicare. and best of all, these plans are... the only medicare supplement plans endorsed by aarp. when they told me these plans were endorsed by aarp... i had only one thing to say... sign me up. call the number on your screen now... and find out about an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan. you'll get this free information kit... and guide to understanding medicare, to help you choose the plan that's right for you. as with all medicare supplement plans, you can keep your own doctor and hospital that accepts medicare, get help paying for what medicare doesn't... and save up to thousands of dollars. call this toll-free number now. >> in just a couple of hours a man 1 scheduled to be put to death for a rampage against muslims. who is asking to spare his life? one of his victim ps. >> please, spare a human life. >> he lost his eye after he was shot in the face. he surviveded. two others did not. strohman says he went on the shooting spree because his sister died in the 9/11 attacks and he was filled with rage and obsessed with fighting back. but he's been touched by his victim's words. >> it is a lesson of forgiveness, for him to step forward after i tried to take his life and he's trying to save mine. that speaks volumes. >> the victim is still trying to stop the execution. today he's asked a judge to delay it and let him meet with strom strom stroman. the judge's decision is expected any minute now. and a lesbian couple in vermont refused to host their wedding reception because they're gay. now they're suing this hotel, they say a law states hotels can not turn away based on their sexual orientation. lindsey's mother talked to the events coordinator there. this is the wildflower inn, but when she told them there would be two brides and no groom, this is the e-mail she says she got. quote, after our conversation, i checked with my inkeepers and unfortunately due to their personal feelings they do not host gay receptions at our facility. but get this -- the couple is suing for $1. they say it's all about principle, not about the money. >> if we don't speak up when we're being mistreated, then how can we expect other people to treat us well. >> our cnn affiliate in vermont says the owners are catholics and same-sex marriage goes against their religious beliefs. coming up, what it's like when mother nature's fury is released through a manhole. and here we go, the clock is ticking. republican house leaders expected to walk into the white house and meet with the president. is a deal on the debt ceiling close? stay right there. >>> you've got to see this. take a look with me. these are roads in sioux falls, south dakota, that have buckled under the heat. that's right. the roads there, so hot they crumbled, making the morning commute to work even more fun. note the sarcasm. take a look at what happened in montreal. heat not involved here. a flash flood caused sewers to overflow. the sewer water was spewing like a geyser. lifted that car right up off the ground. as a tornado destroyed her home, laura odged lost everything including the hope of ever seeing her beloved cat rascal again who had disappeared during the twister. that is until -- awww -- until she found a surprise lying underneath her drug in the driveway. you guessed it. rascal after 75 days made his way home. obviously he was in need of a little tlc and a good meal. coming up here in mere minutes, "the situation room" with wolf blitzer. wolf, we are minutes away from a big, big meeting at the white house. >> the president of the united states is trying to convince the republican leadership, the house speaker, the house majority leader, john boehner, eric cantor to go along with this more ambitious gang of six proposal for deficit reduction. it includes some tax increases. the conservatives in the mouse, the real tea party advocate, they hate any idea of any tax increases whatsoever. it also includes some tax cuts on medicare -- some cuts in spending for medicare and social security which a lot of liberal democrats hate. so there's going to be a big fight. i don't think the problem, as you know, is in the senate. the problem is really in the house of representatives. so the president has got to convince the republican leadership to go along with this ambitious plan. the white house now making it clear, despite earlier comments from the
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update. let's go to wolf blitzer. what do you have? >> i'm going to tell you, i love that piece you just had on about the singer. >> don't you love that? >> that was so moving. i could see your eyes beginning to get a little moist, am i right or wrong? >> a little bit. >> did you get a little emotional. >> i love hearing italian opera and hearing him sing. >> what a story, too. let me tell you about some politics going on. your eyes are not going to get moist hearing about the political ticker stuff. but i'll tell you what's going on. the president is meeting with democrats, democratic leaders, republican leaders. he's desperately searching for some sort of breakthrough. we did hear a little bit of a tweak in the white house position. remember last week, and you do remember this, brooke, i'm sure. he said he was not going to go along with a 30 day, a 60-day, a 90-day, or even a 120-day whatever extension. some stop gap, short-term measure. today the white house is saying if it's necessary for a few days, he's willing to go along with an extension beyond the august 2 deadline in orde
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situation room" with wolf blitzer. he's following the debt crisis in washington. wolf, take it away. >> thanks very much. happening now, crisis talks over at the white house. washington's top democrats go behind closed doors. are they on the verge of offering a deal to the republicans? on capitol hill, republican leaders now say they are confident and optimistic. their latest prediction, a national default is not going to happen but are democrats singing the same tune? senators appear ready to work late into the night and lawmakers confirm there are right now ongoing talks at the highest levels. but will a deal take shape or could it still fall apart? we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room". it's been a day of dramatic changes in washington's debt crisis. within the past few hours capitol hill's angry partisanship gave way to serious negotiations, and then to predictions of an agreement within the very near future, one top republican, the senator minority leader mitch mcconnell declared and i'm quotin
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want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> one of the world's biggest media empires in crisis now. rupert murdoch publicly apologizing for serious wrongdoing and is now the front tabloid, the news of the world. the new ad in british newspapers coming days before he and his son are scheduled to face members of parliament. our correspondent brian todd and allan chernoff are standing by. first to london and our senior correspondent don rivers is standing by. are people in london, dan, still as shocked as they were over these past few days? >> reporter: i think so, yeah. i mean, this has been a seismic week in british politics. a week that will be written about for decades to come, i think. just having all of the main political parties that are normally squabbling at each other's throats suddenly united, but they're united because of their contempt and outrage at what rupert murdoch's papers are alleged to have done, whereas they spent the last 20 years assiduously trying to get as close as possible to murdoch
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>>> that's it for me. i'm wolf blitzer in "the situation room." for our international viewers, world report is next. in north america, "john king usa" starts right now. >>> thanks, wolf. good evening. tonight's britain's tabloid scandal escalates. two rupert murdoch-owned newspapers obtained and published information about prime minister gordon brown's family and finances. and tensions between the united states and syria, near a boiling point tonight. a government that beats its own people when they march peacefully slow to offer help when the united states embassy sund attack. >>> tonight the united states being unable to pay its bills because it's maxed out its credit line. to get more spending power president obama is trying to broker a deal with congress that would slash $2 trillion in red ink over the next decade. republicans refuse to raise taxes. president obama is left to sound like a nagging parent. no breakthrough at this afternoon's white house session. the president will reconvene the talks tomorrow. let's discuss the stakes and politics with jessica yellin and glo
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. >>> i'm wolf blitzer in "the situation room." for our international viewers "world report" is next. in north america, "john king, usa" starts right now. >> thank you, wolf. >>> and thanks for joining us. i'm jessica yellin, john king is off. we've got breaki ining news on eve of the milestone in our country's future. the house of representatives is supposed to vote tomorrow on speaker john boehner's short-term plan to raise the debt limit and cut about a trillion dollars in spending. but just a few minutes ago the speaker announced he plans to rewrite the bill because it does not cut enough spending. cnn congressional correspondent kate bolduan joins us now from capitol hill, what is the latest? >> reporter: you know the cbo numbers, the congressional budget office, jessica, this office that scores, gives a cost estimate, for legislation, it's very critical, and this evening it came out the cbo brought out -- gave out its estimate, and it says that the speaker boehner's bill falls short of what its target was. it says that it would only reduce the deficit by $850 billion, rather than t
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per gallon. cool? ♪ >>> time now for your cnn equals politics update. let's go to wolf blitzer with the latest. wolf, what do you have? >> brooke, thanks very much. we're expecting to hear from the republicans in the house of representatives, i know you'll be covering it momentarily. the house speaker has a proposal that he's putting forward to see if they can advance the situation as far as raising the nation's debt ceiling. only one week to go before the u.s. could potentially default on some of its loans, some of its financial obligations. you heard harry reid come out with his plan a little while ago. harry reid's plan, as you pointed out, has no tax increases which is what the republicans want. at the same time, no real cuts in entitlement spending like social security or medicare. i just posted it on our cnn situation room blog. something very interesting. both the president and the speaker, president obama and john boehner, they were both llg -- willing to upset their respective bases. the president willing to have cuts in entitlement spending, medicare, social security, medi
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to find a solution to this debt crisis? our wolf blitzer and don lemon breaking down the options. >>> meanwhile, the president has just lost more than 30,000 followers on twitter, i'm talking about here. the president sent out pleas for his twitter followers to tweet their members of congress about the debt ceiling debate. but apparently not everybody liked being flooded with those messages, and according to the website, twittercounter, 33,000 people jumped ship. they jumped from the president's re-election twitter feed after he sent out those tweets. >>> we just heard joe johns mention the markets on monday, they are really hoping to get some kind of a deal done before the markets open on monday. well, it seems like they may be having an impact, this whole crisis, already. because stocks ended their worst weekly showing in more than a year yesterday. argument to the financial data company wilshire, an estimated $700 billion worth of market value was lost. the dow fell 4.2% for the week while the nasdaq dropped nearly 3.6%. >>> and take a look at this. the federal government is l
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. i am wolf blitzer washington, special coverage continues right now with "piers morgan tonight." >> thank you for chain with us. >> bible start with you, the talk of compromise, it seems cheat me that both of the equivalent of the bay of pigs, who will blink first? >> the president doesn't have to say because he doesn't have a boat. it was a moment to isolate the republican speaker of the house and urge him to try to change pass and find out to compromise. we heard him hawed speaker peter tight and say you work with the president. i am not sure politically that was the best way to help john boehner get words to compromise with some of his hard-line members. my also point out you that the president did not in this speech repeat his veto threat. we heard him repeat he would get a short-term extension on the debt ceiling. he did not do that. i will find out what to read into that. in essence, the president tried to rally the american people to pressure congress into a compromise, and we have seen that hasn't worked. this is unprecedented. no u.s. president has never defaulted. is
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solution to the debt crisis? wolf blitzer and don lemon break down the obstacles and options. don't miss "get it done: downdown to debt crisis" tonight 9:00 eastern right here on cnn. >>> in other news, renewed hope today that two american hikers held in an iranian jail could soon be free. we've got news today that an iranian court is expected to rule ton the hikers' fate this week. susan candiotti has been following this story from the beginning. she joins us now from new york to talk about the latest development. what can you share with us, susan? >> hi, fred. of course, the question is could the hikers be reaching the end of their drawn autosaga in tehran. the hikers' lawyer says a verdict could come this week. the previous hearing was in february. now, two years to the day they were seized the hikers' lawyer tells cnn the timing may be right to free shane bauer and josh fattal. the holy month of ramadan is beginning, and it's not unusual to release prisoners as a sign of goodwill. their lawyer says even if found guilty, he hopes the men would be sentenced to time served. tonight
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to the debt crisis? wolf blitzer and i break down the obstacles an options. don't miss, "get it done" 9:00 eastern right here on cnn. >>> listen to this -- >> and just put ten bullets in your [ bleep ] glock. >> that's mild. an ohio police officer is caught on tape threatening a motorist and it's not the first time an incident has been caught on camera. we'll show you the video that's gone viral and talk about the case with legal contributor holly hughes. >>> of course, we're all over the debate talks right now. the debt talks. so later we're going to talk to independents and get their reaction. how are they feeling? left out? any hope they feel in this whole situation? many are sending and asking information for social media. if you want to talk to us about the debt talk s or any of the stories we're covering, go to facebook.com/donlemoncnn. red l. yeah! [ male announcer ] hurry in to crabfest at red lobster. the only time you can savor three sweet alaskan crab entrees all under $20, like our hearty crab and roasted garlic seafood bake or snow crab and crab butter shrimp. [ jon ] i
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debt crisis? wolf blitzer and don lemon breakdown the obstacles and the options. don't miss "get it done: countdown to debt crisis" tonight 9:00 p.m. eastern right here on cnn. >>> and comedienne/actress/activist margaret cho. you know her for her comedy and for being a gay rights activist. >> in my world, you know, everything is gay. everything is queer. and so to move outside of that is always sort of a strange experience. >> and today face to face, she's talking about her very open marriage. face to face with margaret cho, later in the "newsroom." >>> first, new hope for two american hikers held in an iranian jail. while the hikers' supporters rally state side, iran makes a surprise move. for broccoli, say one. for toys, say two. toys ! the system can't process your response at this time. what ? please call back between 8 and 5 central standard time. he's in control. goodbye. even kids know it's wrong to give someone the run around. at ally bank you never have to deal with an endless automated system. you can talk to a real person 24/7. it's just the right thing to do. my son and
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bringing you a special report beginning alt 9:00 p.m. eastern. wolf blitzer and i will break down the hurdles and the options to getting the deal done, countdown to debt crisis. again, wolf bli
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politics" update. let's go to wolf blitzer. i know you and i normally talk about what's going on on the political ticker. i just have to ask you dwrour thoughts as we've been watching the situation develop out of the capital city of oslo in norway. you've been there. what do you make of all of this? >> well, it's pretty shocking. you've seen the pictures that our viewers by now have seen the pictures. more are going to be coming in fairly soon. so reminiscent of what happened in manhattan on 9/1 1. you see these people running from these buildings from downtown oslo in shock and the building destroyed . i was there after what happened in oklahoma city in 1995. t timothy mcveigh. i would urge everyone to be cautious right now. we don't know who's responsible for this. one individual, more than one individual. we don't know if there's a political background. we don't know who did this. let the low law enforcement authorities in norway get the job done because i remember after the oklahoma city bombing, and you probably remember as well, brooke, we all jumped to certain conclusions. it
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